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[dohz] /doʊz/
verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
1.
to sleep lightly or fitfully.
2.
to fall into a light sleep unintentionally (often followed by off):
He dozed off during the sermon.
3.
to sleep for a short time; nap.
4.
to be dull or half asleep.
verb (used with object), dozed, dozing.
5.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often followed by away):
He dozed away the afternoon.
noun
6.
a light or fitful sleep; nap.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; orig. (now obsolete) to stupefy, make drowsy; compare Scots, N England dialect dozened, Middle English (Scots) dosnyt, dosinnit stupefied, dazed; akin to Old Norse dūsa rest, Swedish dialect dusa doze, slumber, Middle Low German dusen to be thoughtless; cf. daze
Synonyms
6. snooze, siesta, catnap, forty winks.
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British Dictionary definitions for doze away

doze

/dəʊz/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to sleep lightly or intermittently
2.
(often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
noun
3.
a short sleep
Derived Forms
dozer, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Old Norse dūs lull; related to Danish döse to drowse, Swedish dialect dusa slumber
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Word Origin and History for doze away
doze
1640s, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Dan. dose "to make dull," Swed. dial. dusa "to sleep"); related to O.E. dysig "foolish" (see dizzy). May have existed in dialect earlier than attested date.
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